Honoring Westport Volunteer Mary Sugerman
Volunteer role: Foster volunteer (especially for Guinea pigs) and dog walker
Length of service: 4+ years
I started volunteering because… I’ve always loved animals. I grew up with dogs and did a lot for various animals in the neighborhood. Volunteering at the Connecticut Humane Society offers a chance to combine my love of animals and giving back to the community.
My favorite part of volunteering is… walking the dogs and learning all their personalities. And it’s always fun to get playtime with puppies.
My most memorable volunteer experience was… fostering pregnant Guinea pigs. It’s amazing to see the baby guinea pigs running around and squeaking right after they’re born.
I love animals because… of their unconditional love. Our dogs bring so much happiness to our home every day!
The little things I do to help make a pets’ stay at CHS better include… figuring out what makes them happy. Some dogs want to play or fetch, and some want scratches and pets or treats. And I try to make the most of their outdoor time by walking or playing in the playpen.
My advice for new volunteers is… every day is different. There are so many ways to help out, whether with the animals or laundry or dishes. And the staff is always super helpful in answering any questions. It’s a great way to get involved, a lot of fun and very rewarding.
My favorite things to do outside of CHS include… kayaking, gardening, and hiking with my family and our 2 rescue dogs.